The optimal time to get mature cows (lactation 3 and greater) pregnant is as early as possible but the results for first-lactation cows, and to a lesser extent second-lactation cows, has varied across herds due to the relative shapes of their lactation curves (i.e., their persistency).Read More
Breaking down in vitro fertilization
Fifty-seven percent of IVF embryos produced in the U.S. in 2020 came from dairy cattle. Proper care throughout ovum pickup, fertilization and embryo development can ensure the success of these embryos.Read More
Playing the 'long game' – Meadow Brook Farms
Mitch Kappelman of Meadow Brook Farms uses a customized mating program to create his herd for the future.Read More
Dial up your dairy's reproduction efficiency
Using an automated monitoring system can increase reproductive productivity.Read More
Where does selecting to utilize feed fit into your genetic plan?
Traits and indexes can aid in genetic planning, especially when it comes to feed efficiency.Read More
CLOCK genes regulate circadian rhythm and reproduction in cattle
High expression of CLOCK genes – which influence an animal's circadian rhythm – can also influence fertility.
How do beef embryos measure up?
Price, demand and quality factor into using beef in your herd. Beef embryos offer several marketing options at higher value than traditional beef-on-dairy calves.Read More
Timing embryos with high-quality, prepared recipients
Analyzing donor and recipients, viewing IVF as an extension of your current protocol, accurately confirming pregnancies and working with your veterinarian can ensure a successful IVF program.Read More
Scarlet Summer Holsteins: A breed of their own
Scarlet Summer Holsteins uses unique IVF strategies to accelerate the sought-after genetics in their herd.Read More